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Lake Lanier advocates asking for "more capacity"

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan In this file photo hundreds of boaters celebrate the Fourth of July 2012 by floating the waters of Lake Lanier on the Beachview Pavilion and Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Island Resort.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan In this file photo hundreds of boaters celebrate the Fourth of July 2012 by floating the waters of Lake Lanier on the Beachview Pavilion and Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Island Resort.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan In this file photo people wait for the arrival of their friends and family by boats at the east bank boat ramp at Lake Lanier on Fourth of July 2012.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan In this file photo Lake Lanier was crowded with hundreds of boaters during the Fourth of July holiday in 2012.

BUFORD -- Lake Lanier's sitting pretty at more than a foot above summer full pool.

Measuring 1,072.14 feet above sea level at its most recent reading on Friday, the body of water is looking way better than it did this time last year as a result of steady and heavy rainfall.

Slick, red mud banks have all but disappeared from scenic views around 692 miles of shoreline, and Rhonda Kondo said that's all right with her.

As office manager at Aquamarina Lazy Days in Buford, Kondo said the business "really is enjoying having this much water in the lake ... knowing there's not as many obstructions coming out of the water."

Compared with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measurements from May 31, 2012 -- 1,064.86 above sea level -- it's hard to complain about the lake's current status.

While it's a positive to see the lake so full, an official with the Lake Lanier Association said that the advocacy organization is pushing for "additional capacity" to increase the lake's full pool to 1,073.

"We feel like there is a need for additional space," said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the organization. "We encourage state and local governments to work with the corps to get a study done (regarding the costs and benefits of raising full pool levels)."

Cloud said it's a matter she believes officials should closely examine.

With the 2007-09 drought in the distant past and a recent drought warning for the area lifted last month, rain has been steady over the past several weeks, filling Lake Lanier to the brim.

Local weather enthusiast Jon Richards said that more rain could be in the forecast. "If we get rain at all, it's probably going to be Sunday night," Richards said.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is forecasting a 70 percent chance of showers on Sunday with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the lower 80s.

Comments

Oliver 1 year, 2 months ago

1,072.14 is not just "sitting pretty at more than an inch above summer full pool", that's more than 1 foot above full pool.

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Frank Reddy 1 year, 2 months ago

Oliver, good catch. That was a typo. Will make the correction.

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